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Demons fend off Falcon rally to take 6-4A opener, 15-10

CHS upended by Wilson Hall, 6-3

Posted: March 16, 2017 2:33 p.m.
Updated: March 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.

If one game is any indication of what is to come, the Region 6-4A baseball season can turn into one heck of a wild ride.

After breaking out to a 9-3 lead over visiting Darlington Tuesday night, Lugoff-Elgin needed to overcome a seven-run Falcon seventh inning by rallying for six runs in its half of the frame to escape with a 15-10 victory at chilly Optimist Field.

One night later, Wilson Hall closed its game with Camden by scoring the final three runs to take a 6-3 victory over the Bulldogs in a game played in Sumter.

In other high school baseball, North Central’s scheduled Wednesday game at Lee Central was postponed due to wet grounds. The make-up date for both the baseball and softball games is Friday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m.

A wild one in the West Wateree: After the Falcons pushed seven runs across in the sixth to erase a 9-3 deficit, the hosts were left with work two do in staring down a 10-9 deficit with two at-bats left to do it in.

The bottom of the sixth opened with Bradwin Salmond’s single to right and a stolen base. With one gone, Chase Galloway gave the Demons the 11-10 edge when he drove a two-run blast to left field. Jake Laffin followed with a double and scored on a Noah Rabon single to left. After a walk to John Bradley, Josh Ayer singled to center to plate Rabon with the 13th run.

A Hunter Coleman double to center would bring home both Bradley and Ayer as the Demons carried a 15-10 lead into the top of the seventh.

Head coach Randy Stokes called on Salmond to finish the game and the junior righty allowed two hits while fanning a pair to get the save.

The Demons scored the game’s first run in the second as Ayer got aboard on a fielders’ choice and scored when Salmond was issued a bases loaded walk.

L-E tacked on eight runs in the third in an inning which opened with Galloway reaching on one of five DHS errors. Laffin followed with a single to left before starting pitcher Justin Dorton drew a walk to fill the bags. With two gone and all three bases still occupied, Ayer knocked in two runs with a single to left. A Coleman walk re-loaded the bases for Josh Boone, who walked to bring home another run.

A Salmond single plated two more runs while J.C. Legrand singled in another. Two more errors allowed Salmond and Legrand to come across with runs eight and nine as the Demons jumped to a 9-0 lead before the Falcons pushed three runs across in the fourth and added seven more in the sixth.

Dorton went the first five innings on the mound for L-E and gave up four hits while fanning four and walking one. Coleman came on to start the sixth before Salmond was asked to close the game.

L-E travels to Darlington tonight to close its two-game series with the Falcons.

Barons rally past Dogs: Camden used a three-run top of the third to even things with Wilson Hall at 3-3 only to see the host Barons answer with two runs in their half of the inning before adding an insurance run in the sixth to cement a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs who rose to second in the latest 3A South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association statewide poll.

Wilson Hall scored a pair in the first off CHS starter McKenzie Barrineau before adding a run in the second to jump to a 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs reached WH reliever Drew Talley for three runs in the third to even things.

Lindsay Pierce drew a leadoff walk before advancing to third on a Devin Beckley double to left. William Cobb’s ground out to third plated Pierce with the first Camden run. Beckley made it 3-2, scoring on an error on a ball hit by Tyler Maxwell, who stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored the third run on a Brady White ground out.

The Dogs were unable to push across any more runs after that. The guests had a chance in the third but Wilson Hall turned a home to third double play with the bases loaded to help Daniel Reynolds get out of a jam after the Dogs loaded the bags with no outs.

Camden collected five hits on the night led by Beckley with two. Barrineau worked into the fourth inning before handing the ball to Mikael Nelson, who worked 2.1 innings of two-hit ball.

The Dogs play their second 4-AAA game of the night this evening with a trip to Chester.

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